Caroline Scott and her toddler, Rupert, put the new and improved Uppababy Vista through its paces
We haven’t had much luck when it comes to baby kit and seem to have broken an inordinate number of big-ticket items! Therefore, we felt hugely reassured by the strong, handsome and streamlined design of the 2017 Uppababy Vista – this is a pushchair with presence.
A key factor which draws many towards the Vista is that it can be turned into a double buggy and used in myriad combinations – additional accessories can accommodate twin babies in carrycots or car seats; toddler plus baby, and even two toddlers. Many parents can’t resist the excellent value and intuitive design – Uppababy strollers feel contemporary, and are something that both mum and dad will feel comfortable pushing.
Yes, we certainly think so! ‘Austin’ is a sophisticated racing green hue, complemented by a full-grain leather handlebar and bumper bar. As soon as I saw it, I thought it was the smartest pushchair ever. I feel like I’m pushing the Range Rover of buggies.
Practicality & drivability
The Vista delivers a smooth, comfortable drive and for a couple constantly living in fear of breaking something, it feels very secure. Navigating pavements is much easier than with other buggies and for weekends in the country, it manoeuvres like magic when you’re off-roading or struggling down a muddy towpath. In fact, I would say it offers the perfect balance between town and country. One of the most noticeable features for me is the deep basket space – you can conceal rather a lot of stuff in here without the pram looking like it’s overflowing with junk. As the Vista can also function as a double buggy, it’s slightly wider than the sister pushchair, the Uppababy Cruz. Does this matter? To us, not so much, but it does mean it’s a little tricky to get through a single door when going into a shop or café, and perhaps not the nippiest for catching a bus, but otherwise it doesn’t cause any problems. It also stands when folded, which is handy when not in use.
The carrycot feels luxurious and can also be used for overnight sleeping. A rain cover and insect net are all included, and there’s a pull-out, extendable UPF50+ sunshade on both the bassinet and the toddler seat, so you can weather all elements without worry. The high seat position means Rupert can sit easily at a table when we eat out. Four-wheel suspension, five reclining seat positions and a moveable footrest mean that even at Rupert’s age he’ll still happily take a nap while on the move.
The Vista is a solid buy. The name gives a lovely sense of all the adventures you and baby will have in this rather grand-feeling pushchair.